Rain gutters are one of the most important elements in maintaining the health and longevity of your home. They are designed to channel rainwater and melting snow away from your home to where it will do the least amount of harm.
Benefits of Having Gutters on Your Home
- Prevent erosion: Without gutters, splashing water from heavy rain will fall directly to your lawn and green areas, causing erosion problems. Besides erosion, muddy soil can damage plants, turf, and landscape. An efficient gutter system will help prevent this.
- Protect your foundation: Inefficient gutters allow excess water to pool near your home’s foundation, which means water will seep into the foundation, soften the soil underneath, and compromise the strength and stability of the foundation. This can be dangerous and highly expensive to fix. Gutters prevent flooding around the sides of the house and help avoid foundation problems.
- Protect siding: Lack of effective gutters increases the chance of water finding its way behind your siding. This can provide a great environment for mold and mildew to grow. If you let time pass, your siding will rust or rot, depending on the material. When installed properly, gutters will help keep your home’s siding intact.
- Guard against mold: Your home’s exterior gathers moisture. But without gutters or with inefficient gutters, mold is likely to grow in unwanted places due to excessive moisture. As water leaks inside walls, drywall can be a nice setting and food source for mold. But gutters will reduce or stop water from seeping into your home, lowering the chances of mold development.
All these benefits decrease if your gutters are not cleaned and properly maintained.
Where Gutters Should Be On Your House
Gutters are installed on the sides of your home where the roof slopes. They are positioned to extend just beyond the eaves of a roof along the roof edge. You don’t need gutters around your entire house unless your roof slopes in all directions. Because gutters are an important part of maintaining your home’s integrity, it’s imperative you make an informed decision when it comes to gutter styles, materials, and proper installation positions. A trusted contractor has the technical knowledge and experience necessary to guide you on your gutter systems so you can make your next move with confidence. The experts at Midwest Roofing can help you know whether your gutters need to be repaired, cleaned, or completely re-installed. Contact us today and let’s discuss your gutters.